Category: Center for Professional Education (CPE)

Genealogy Certificate Leads Alum to TV Career

March 21st, 2018 in Alumni News, Center for Professional Education (CPE), MET News

Genealogy Certificate Leads Alum to TV Career

Mary Tedesco’s interest in genealogy began as a hobby. After she and her grandmother traced their family’s Italian origins back as far and as ably as a pair of novices could, Tedesco (CAS’06) signed up for the Genealogical Research Certificate Program offered by BU’s Center for Professional Education, where she honed her skills in forensics, research practices, and evidence evaluation. She says her time in the class saw her grow “from needing and wanting more education to realizing that this was something I could pursue as a career.” The seeds of her interest in family trees bore fruit, and today Tedesco serves as host of PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow, in addition to running the Italian-focused genealogical research firm ORIGINS ITALY.

Read more in BU Today.

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BU Paralegal Director Lauds Growth of Online Learning

July 13th, 2017 in Center for Professional Education (CPE), MET News, Online Paralegal Studies

Online Paralegal Studies
Joe Spada, academic director of the Boston University Center for Professional Education (CPE) Paralegal Studies Program, has been teaching at BU since 1995. He’s seen the legal and paralegal field evolve over that time, and he believes that the most significant shift of the last five years may be the ascent of online paralegal studies programs like those offered by CPE.

“Probably the biggest change in the area of paralegal education is the emergence of online paralegal education—whether it is for a certificate or continuing legal education, online options are exploding,” Spada said in a recent interview with The Estrine Report.

Read more from Spada’s interview here.

Center for Professional Education Team Takes Gold in Dragon Boat Race

June 29th, 2017 in BU Today Features, Center for Professional Education (CPE), MET News

Center for Professional Education Team Takes Gold in Dragon Boat Race

A team made up of students and faculty from the Boston University Center for Professional Education Interpreter and Paralegal Studies programs came in first place during their race on the Charles River at the 38th Annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival. The Center for Professional Education sponsored two boats for this year’s Dragon Boat Festival, a multicultural heritage celebration focusing on the Asian-American experience in New England in which thousands gather to share colorful boat races, performances, arts, crafts, and food.

Learn more about the 38th Annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival via their website and in BU Today.

Genealogy Program Helps Bring Closure to Family of Veteran

March 11th, 2016 in Alumni News, Center for Professional Education (CPE), MET News

Genealogy Program Helps Bring Closure to Family of Veteran
The Genealogical Research Program, offered through Boston University’s Center for Professional Education, empowers students to find connections to the past that build meaningful bridges to today. These abilities were seen in action when one Good Samaritan and program alum used the lessons he learned through the class to find the family of a homeless Korean War veteran that had recently passed away, giving estranged relatives an opportunity to unite and mourn as a family.

Learn more about how the genealogy program led to closure for one family in the Boston Globe.

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Death and Taxes: Melinde Lutz Byrne and Sharon Sargent quoted in Newsweek

January 8th, 2014 in Center for Professional Education (CPE), Melinde Lutz Byrne, MET News, Sharon Sargent

Melinde Lutz ByrneMelinde Lutz Byrne, director of the genealogical research program at MET’s Center for Professional Education, and forensic researcher and former CPE genealogical instructor Sharon Sargent, were recently quoted in Newsweek. In the article, they discuss why the proposal to limit or block access to the “Death Master File” will not stop tax fraud.

Read more in Newsweek

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Robert Nahigian quoted in Commercial Property Executive

April 2nd, 2012 in Center for Professional Education (CPE), Faculty News, MET News

Robert Nahigian, who teaches Commercial Lease Analysis, in the Center for Professional Education, is quoted in Commercial Property Executive, a national publication. Referring to the challenges that real estate associations face in developing relevant professional education curriculum, Nahigian asserts:

You can’t make 100 percent of the people happy 100 percent of the time. The reality is that everyone has a different need.

Associations must address trends in technology, regulation, and economics in addition to generational preferences. Read the full article.

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Melinde Byrne, discussing the complexity of modern family trees

July 6th, 2011 in Center for Professional Education (CPE), Faculty News, Melinde Lutz Byrne, MET News

Melinde Lutz Byrne, Director of Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program, was on National Public Radio today discussing the changing American family and it impact on tracing family trees. She was also quoted in a New York Times article discussing the complexity of modern family trees.

Listen to the conversation here.

Read the full article on nytimes.com

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